Hello + Updates + Freebie

4.26.2017

Published: April 26, 2017.  Edited April 29, 2017 to include cropping tutorial

Hello!  How is everyone doing?  It has been awhile since my last post.  So I want to give a quick update of what I have been doing.

Back in March, I left you with this video post before heading out of town for my Copic classes.  After the trip, I spend the remainder of March busy with tax season, a quick spring break trip getaway with the family and worked on several baby cards for the Heart Center.  

I also spend some time redoing some of my old drawings, reorganizing my craft-room and drafting out the detail of the next card drive to be launch under a new name "Cards for Little Hearts" on July 1st.  The complete detail is now available on this page here if you'd like to get an early start.

It is so nice to get back to blogging.  For my return, I have put together this little gift for you - a set of five sentiments.  Click below to access the file.  Then just download and save to your computer.  The sentiments will print out on a single 8 1/2 x 11 page.  You will have to do some cropping in order to separate the sentiments.  For the instruction on how to do that, see this tutorial (pdf format).


I look forward to sharing my first card back with you in May.  I also look forward to giving you a tour of my craft-room very soon.  Right now I'm waiting on one more piece of Ikea cabinet to come in before I can complete the room.

Thanks for stopping by today.  May you have a lovely day.  Take care.


Video - Magnolia Rhapsody Stamping With MISTI Stamping Tool

3.07.2017



Hello and good day to you!  I'm going to be out of town for a few days for my Copic certification classes.  I want to share this video post with you before I go.  So exciting!  I have only started my YouTube channel a few months ago and have not yet figure all the in and out of making an amazing video just yet.  I do, however, quickly learned that video filming is not quite as easy as I have expected without the proper equipment and as well time.  I'm using my iPhone to photograph my cards as well for video filming.  So the quality is not as great as I would like.  But I hope you will still enjoy seeing my projects.

If you have not yet subscribe to my YouTube channel, I would like to invite you to subscribe TODAY so you'll be the first to view when the video goes live.  I've linked all the supplies at the end of this post.


I am using the Magnolia Rhapsody cling stamp set from Penny Black.  It's a new purchase from Ellen Hutson that just arrived last Friday.  Such perfect timing too as Kan (my husband) requested this card for his Godmother's mom who hasn't been doing well since the holiday.  I hope this beautiful Magnolia Rhapsody will bring her smiles and brighten her day a bit.

The "Sending You LOVE" sentiment is from MFT though I'm not sure which set as I forgot to write down the name.  Also, it appears this set is no longer offer as I was unable to find it anywhere. 


I started by stamping the Magnolia Rhapsody with Ranger distressed markers in Worn Lipstock, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint and Ground Espresso onto letterpress (110 lb) cardstock - an Ellen Hutson brand.

Next, I soften the image by running a wet paint brush over the inks.  Distress inks react to water.  And surprising, I don't know if you can tell in the photograph (and video), but the image raises from the paper after being wet - adding a 3D effect without any embossing.  I'm not sure if it is because of the letterpress cardstock.  But I'm really loving this look!  So neat!



I carried the design to the inside of card with a partial stamping of the Magnolia Rhapsody.

To complete the card, I stamped "Sending You LOVE" sentiment with VersaMark ink pad onto a piece of black cardstock and heat embossed with Ranger's embossing powder - white.  Then fussy cut into a banner flag, foam mounted onto the card panel and finished with enamel dots.

(TIP:  To prevent the embossing powder from sticking to non-stamping area of the cardstock, rub the cardstock with the Inkadinkado embossing magic bag first to loosen the static cling from the cardstock).  

Finished card size: 5" x 5.50"




VIDEO


For HD mode,  please watch it over at my YouTube channel.  This card took an hour to put together.  But I trimmed the clip down to under 9 minutes as your time is precious :)  


Thanks for stopping by. May you have a lovely rest of your week. Take care.




CHALLENGES: | Artistic Inspirations Challenges - #174 ATG | Crafting from the Heart - #149 ATG | Crafts Galore Encore - March ATG | Double D Challenges - Think Spring | Jo's Scrap Shack - FFC #178 ATG | TTCRD - Anything Goes | Outlawz Monday Greeting Group - Spring or Easter |  Outlawz Paper Ala Mode - Spring | Penny Black & More - March ATG | Word Art Wednesday - ATG #272-#273 |


SUPPLIES


To make it easier for my blog readers and friends, all supplies I use in the project are listed below. Just click on the thumbnail or wording and it will redirect you to the product's page. If the link not function properly, please let me know as each item is individually hand coded.

All items were personally purchased. I do not belong to any affiliate programs and only share of products that I absolutely love.


Penny Black Cling Stamp - Magnolia Rhapsody

Ranger Distress Marker - Peeled Paint

Ranger Distress Marker-Twisted Citron

Ranger Distress Marker - Worn Lipstick

Ranger Distress Ink - Ground Espresso

Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Bag

Hero Art Embossing Heat Gun

Ranger Embossing Powder - White

MISTI Stamping Tool

EH Letterpress Cardstock 110 lb

Bazzill Cardstock - Easter Grass

Bazzill Cardstock - Licorice Twist

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New Digi Freebie: Lucky Shamrock Bouquet

3.01.2017

Hello and happy 1st day of March!  If you missed yesterday's announcement for the Hug a Heart Card Drive prize giveaways winners, you can see it here.   By the way, if you are friend with Julie Just, please have her get in touch with me.  I was unable to reach her at the email she provided.  I kept getting the fail delivery message.

Today I want to stop by with a quick, sweet announcement.  With St. Patrick's Day coming up, I would like to share this beautiful "Lucky Shamrock Bouquet" digi with you as a freebie.  This is actually an old drawing that I did around this time last year which I've shared with only a handful of my blogger friends back then.  One of that sweet blogger friend is Laurian Macdonald and you can see a card she made last March with this set here.  Back then I titled the set as Petals of Luck.  But decided to change that for no apparent reason. :)

One of the card type I don't make is St. Patrick's Day card. But I've always love shamrocks and just love to search for them during the summer-time with my children. Shamrocks to me represent good luck. So when I drew this shamrock bouquet last year, I decided to add on a sentiment that can be use for an everyday, thinking of you type card. Just to send some good luck and good wishes to brighten up someone's day. Today and everyday.

So even if you don't make St. Patrick's Day cards, you might still want to grab this freebie for yourself :)



To protect my artwork, currently I am only sharing them by e-mail.  

To request for this freebie, just leave your e-mail and your full name in the comment below OR email me directly at info@christinahordesigns.com, subject line: "Lucky Shamrock Bouquet Digi Freebie."

This freebie offer ends Friday March 17th, midnight EST. 



If you are a subscriber to my blog post update, you do not need to do anything.  You will automatically receive the link to this digi in your Inbox by Friday, March 3rd.  

Thanks for stopping by and congratulations again to all the winners of the Hug a Heart Card Drive prize giveaways!  I hope you will be able to participate with us in the next card drive, which will be in July with WINTER THEMED cards.  More details to follow.

May you have a lovely rest of your day.  Take care.